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Top Marketing Movies And Shows That Every B2B Marketer Must Watch

Marketing Movies and Shows
Marketing careers are in demand as it is a booming industry, which requires its employees to reach targets, bring in new leads, generate sales and revenue. But not many people know that achieving those targets require a lot of hard work, grit, determination, creativity, and diverse skills, which can sometimes get tiring and can exhaust your employees. This is the perfect time for arranging some fun activities that will keep your employees motivated.
You should remember to invest in activities that will uplift the mood of your employees. Companies nowadays, allow their employees to relax and even have dedicated recreational areas generally containing television sets with modern gaming consoles, foosball tables, vending machines, carom boards, massage chairs, and many more. However, with the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic it can get difficult for companies to arrange fun activities for their employees.

Reasons to why your marketing team must watch marketing movies

  • This can be a great idea, they can get a break from their hectic schedule.
  • Get inspired to perform better and deliver results.
  • Marketing movies will entertain your employees and get refreshed. (Check the ending of the sentence)
  • Marketing movies can help them grow professionally. (Make two points into one sentence
  • Providing them with a fresh perspective and applicable lessons.
  • It can also help you reflect on your career and learn something new about yourself.
Marketers have held a very important place in every industry, however, when it comes to Hollywood there aren’t many movies made based on marketers or salespeople. But there are still a few movies with plotlines that may be of particular interest to professionals like us. We have curated a list of inspiring movies that cover a vast assortment of genres, periods, and subject matter, but are somehow based on the marketing industry.
And no, you don’t have to be a marketer or a salesperson to watch these movies as you can still get useful information and tips to work more productively. So, what are waiting for go grab some snacks and binge away!!

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Top Six Marketing Movies
Every Marketer Must Watch

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Steve Jobs 2015
1. Steve Jobs (2015)
Rating Stars
Directed by
Directed by
Danny Boyle
Produced By
Produced by

Guymon Casady, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin

Based on
Based on

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Cast
Cast

Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels

Genre
Genre
Drama, Biography
This movie was based on the life journey of Steve Jobs and is based on his interviews and the biography that was written by Walter Isaacson in 2011. Steve Jobs was the man behind Apple and was one of the most visionary product designers and marketers of our generation. Not only that he was also a brilliant consumer-minded business innovator and this movie shows how he impacted Apple, the technology industry, and the world as we know it today.
This biographical movie focuses not only on his professional journey but also on personal issues with his ex-girlfriend and his teenage daughter Lisa. It also shows that having a diverse range of life experiences can help your innovations thrive. It follows his journey from the time when he is fired, to when he launches NeXT Inc, his successful return to Apple, and the launch of yet another revolutionary product called iMac.
It beautifully depicts his notorious personality and the highs and lows of Apple Inc. As a marketer or a salesperson, you will get to learn a lot from Steve Jobs, as he understood just exactly what his customers wanted. This movie was critically acclaimed and also won many awards such as Golden Globe, BAFTA and even got nominations at the 88th Academy awards.

Here are a few key takeaways from the movie:

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When it comes to business growth and success, even the smallest detail makes a huge difference.

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You have to take risks when it comes to marketing.

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Pursue investors before a restraining order is obtained

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The commodity takes precedence

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Be unique if you want your business to prosper and succeed.

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“The greatest artists like Dylan, Picasso, and Newton risked failure. And if we want to be great, we’ve got to risk it too.”
Thank You for smoking
2. Thankyou For Smoking (2006)
Rating Stars
Directed by
Directed by
Jason Reitman
Produced By
Produced by
David O Sacks
Based on
Based on
Thankyou For Smoking by Christopher Buckle
Cast
Cast
Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, David Koechner
Genre
Genre
Comedy, Drama
This movie is a satirical black comedy that follows the story of Nick Naylor a lobbyist for big tobacco, while also struggling to be a good role model for his 12-year-old son. The movie shows his life getting complicated when a liberal senator mounts an anti-smoking campaign, as he tries to counter the numbers of young smokers declining. The main lead of the movie makes smoking look cool, therefore marketing tobacco without knowledge.
They’re also a scene in the movie where he is trying to promote smoking to elementary kids by saying it’s not bad for health. The movie shows you how to spin a product can convince you to purchase the product even if it’s bad for you. And also, how people blindly want to believe things without questioning them. This movie received a lot of positive reviews especially for its work in the screenplay, humor, themes, and the actor’s performances.

Here are a few key takeaways from the movie:

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It also shows how anything can be marketed.

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While marketing may have many pros, this movie also shows us the cons.

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The movie is a perfect representation of the craft of marketing.

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“That’s the beauty of argument. If you argue correctly, you’re never wrong.”
The Joneses
3. The Joneses (2009)
Rating Stars
Directed by
Directed by
Derrick Borte
Produced By
Produced by
Doug Mankoff, Andrew Spaulding, Kristi Zea
Based on
Based on
Cast
Cast
Demi Moore, David Duchovny, Amber Heard, Ben Hollingsworth, Gary Cole
Genre
Genre
Comedy, Drama
This movie follows a group of professional salespeople who move into an upscale suburb under the pretense of being an ideal family. This movie is a must-see for every marketer because they are a team of marketers who disguise themselves to do product placement in a rather clever way. Everything from their clothing, accessories, house, furniture, and more are carefully planned by various companies they work for increasing the visibility in the particular consumer market.
They can market all this because they are good looking charming, and look like they are leading a perfect life. Throughout the movie we see them use their influence to promote products or services amongst the community they live in. Their lifestyle is seen as an inspiration for others who also want to live a life like them and then purchase the products they have. This movie was both entertaining and also helps you understand the power of influence and the pros and cons of consumerism.

Here are a few key takeaways from the movie:

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You get inspiration for influencer marketing.

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Get insights into how consumers think and act when they face this type of marketing.

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Makes you think about how we influence each other in our everyday life.

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How to use effective and unique business strategies to improve your marketing.

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Use a personal approach to persuade potential customers to purchase your products or services.

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Money Ball
4. Moneyball (2011)
Rating Stars
Directed by
Directed by
Bennett Miller
Produced By
Produced by
Michael De Luca, Racheal Horovitz, Brad Pitt
Based on
Based on
Moneyball: The art of winning an unfair game by Michael Lewis.
Cast
Cast
Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Genre
Genre
Sports, Drama
This movie is based on the book Moneyball: The art of winning an unfair game written by Michael Lewis. It is a true story based on Billy Beane a general manager of Oakland A’s who is faced with a tight budget for his baseball team. The story follows him and his team outsmarting and winning against the richer baseball players. The Oakland A’s are known to be the third-lowest payroll in the Major Leagues.
But still went on to win the most games in baseball, breaking an American League record by winning over 20-game in a roll. So, what made them this successful? It’s their data-driven decisions, that’s how! This movie shows just how you can experiment and use unconventional decisions to achieve the best results.
How does it help marketers you ask? It will help understand the value of making the right data-driven decisions. By signing cheap and undervalued players made them make the maximum out of every dollar they spent. This movie will inspire and give you the courage to make those long-awaited changes in certain departments of your company.

Here are a few key takeaways from the movie:

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The similarities between baseball and marketing, in terms of the importance given to data and decision-making processes.

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Find similarities between inbound marketing and data analysis.

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Learn how marketing can bring a significant return on your investment.

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You don’t have to have a big budget to achieve your targets. 

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Important of research, preparation, and execution

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The importance of numbers cannot be overstated.

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“If your enemies are making mistakes, don’t interrupt them.”
The Social Network
5. The Social Network (2010)
Rating Stars
Directed by
Directed by
David Fincher
Produced By
Produced by
Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Cean Chaffin
Based on
Based on
The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
Cast
Cast
Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella
Genre
Genre
Biography, Drama
The Social Network is a movie that portrays the founding of Facebook which is currently one of the best social networking sites. The movie follows the journey of Mark Zuckerberg from being a computer genius to becoming the man behind Facebook. Six years after launching Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg becomes the youngest billionaire and finds himself in both personal and legal complications.
It also focuses on the lawsuits it faced by two brothers who claim that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea. This origin story of Facebook will help you learn about the digital marketing world. And understand the thought process of the founders, what inspired them, and the steps they took to create and develop it.
We all know that Facebook changed the way people interact, but not many people know the ups and downs of the tech giant, the obstacles it faced, and how it rose to fame which is depicted beautifully in the film. It teaches you that success can only be achieved through grit, determination and hard work, and overcoming business challenges.

Here are a few key takeaways from the movie:

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Shows you the challenges a start-up can face and the innovative ways to solve problems.

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Learn to prioritize content and culture over sales.

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It will inspire you to start doing something new in your business.

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It will give you ideas on overcoming challenges in your online business.

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If you’re looking for a “how to succeed” story, then this movie is for you.

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“People want to go online and check out their friends, so why not build a website that offers that? Friends, pictures, profiles, whatever you can visit, browse around, maybe it’s someone you just met at a party.
Eduardo, I’m not talking about a dating site, I’m talking about taking the entire social experience of college and putting it online.”
What Women Want
6. What Women Want (2000)
Rating Stars
Directed by
Directed by
Nancy Myers
Produced By
Produced by
Susan Cartsonis, Bruce Davey, Gina Mathews, Matt Williams
Based on
Based on
Cast
Cast
Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Lauren Holly
Genre
Genre
Romance, Comedy
This movie follows the journey of Nick Marshall, a Chicago advertising executive who is good at selling things to men but is a womanizer. However, his lives take an overturn when a fluke accident gives him the ability to read women’s minds. At first, he tries to get rid of this newfound ability, but then he sees the possibilities in front of him. This gives him a new outlook on life as he begins to use this ability to do good for people.
The most valuable lesson that this movie gives is that every marketer or advertiser must know their intended audience inside out, including their needs, behavior, geographical location, preferences, customer journey, etc. Knowing your target audience will help you create an effective advertisement or marketing campaign. This marketing movie is based on creating effective advertisements based on the needs of the target audience, which in the case of this movie is women.

Here are a few key takeaways from the movie:

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If your target audience is women, then don’t skip this movie.

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Get an idea of the needs and expectations of female customers.

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This shows the importance of understanding your target audience.

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Get insights to market in a way that appeals to your target audience.

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“It’s never too late to do the right thing. That’s what I’ll do, I’ll go over there and do the right thing.”

Final thoughts

These movies about marketing have creative approaches and unique concepts to help businesses reach their goals. We hope you enjoyed this list of movies and get some facts, business tactics, and lessons that you can implement in your job.

 

So, do watch them and let us know what you think is the best movie a marketer or advertiser should watch.

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